Best Staunchly Indie Theater
This quirky DUMBO theater has gone through different programmers, but it remains committed to showing great festival-direct independent films that otherwise would tragically never play New York.
This Clinton Hill label puts out beautiful objects—like its DVD-vinyl combo packages—but more importantly it releases beautiful films. Its track record is nearly flawless.
Best Movie Ticket Prices
Every time we mention this Bay Ridge theater to someone, they roll their eyes or shrink away in disgust. But we go here all the time. Full-price, non-3D admission is $9 every day. For that, we don’t care if it’s not always the cleanest or most civilized place we’ve ever been.
“Booed at Cannes” was one of the best repertory programs we ever heard of, and that was just one of the many awesome series shown here all year. Also? The first-run stuff that comes through here is always just what we want to see (that’s not playing at the Alpine).
Best Movie About Being Young and Living in Brooklyn
Sure, only part of the movie is actually set in Brooklyn, but damned if we didn’t leave the theater with tears in our eyes, feeling like we’d just watched the story of our own lives.
Best Local Documentary
This look at the redevelopment of Downtown Brooklyn, and the gentrification of larger swaths of the city, was sober, excellently reported, and devastating.
Best Local Oscar Nominee
The Crown Heights animator was nominated for his short “Head Over Heels,” about a married couple that had grown apart: he lives on the floor, she lives on the ceiling.
Best Filmmakers Collective
Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective
Each week, the members of this group get together and show each other works-in-progress and workshop them. It seems to be paying off: this year, they had 17 features and shorts at our Northside festival.
Best Long-Planned Movie That’s Actually Being Made
Last Days of Coney Island
Legendary animator Ralph Bakshi’s been planning this movie, like, forever, but following a recently successful Kickstarter campaign, it’s actually gonna happen. Bakshi? Does Coney Island? Holy shit this is gonna be cool.